Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mamavation Monday ... At a Low

This post will be a short one. I had a good week. In fact, I had a great week! I logged more miles than ever, I busted out the Shred DVD and Jackie's Standing Ab DVD, and I felt good.

Then my DH gave me an early Valentine's Day present:

Isn't it perdy? That is a fabulous Omron pedometer which will not be falling off constantly, or resetting everytime I bend over to pick up my kiddos. It will be counting up all those daily steps towards my goals. Isn't my guy the best?

I know I should be happy, but when I weighed myself this morning I was greeted by:

Blech! That is not good. Not the right direction... and has left me feeling rather discouraged.

On an upside, my pants are looser, I feel great, but my motivation is waning against the Valentine's goodies on the counter. Grrrr.... I would love to say I have a plan of attack, but I don't. I need to come up with a good meal plan and exercise plan to follow. I need to get my motivation back. If you see it, please send it home. It is sorely missed.

This Week's Recipe Share is Miso Soup

I think a simple, yet tasty comfort food is called for right now, so I picked my ultimate favorite. You will be surprised how easy it is to make yourself. Really, it is all about having the right ingredients in your pantry.

you will need:
Dashi (bonito flakes)
Miso Paste (red, yellow or a mixture of both)
Wakame (a broad sea weed. Comes dry)
Green Onions (optional)
Firm Tofu cubed (optional)
*Also try with cubed egg plant or other vegetables

This recipe probably requires a trip to an Asian Food Market. Once you have the ingredients, you will be able to make this tasty soup anytime you want. The ingredients also can be used to make other yummy Japanese dishes.

Fill a small saucepan up 3/4 full with water. Add a tsp. or 2 of dashi to the water and bring it to a boil. When it comes to a boil, add the wakame, and green onions and turn down to a simmer. If you add other veggies, add them first till they are tender, but do not overcook the seaweed. It will only need to simmer for 3-5 minutes, to be tender. Then turn off heat and add a Tbsp or more of miso paste to taste. 

So simple and delicious!

I hope you all have a great week, and I am hoping to find my way to a better one myself. Have a happy Valentine's Day and cherish your friends and family.
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